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Reminder: The deadline to apply for a Primary School place for September 2022 is 15 January 2022

If you require a place for your child starting Primary School in Sefton for the first time in September 2022 the deadline to apply is Saturday 15 January 2022.

Applications can be made online via the Citizens Portal. For information and advice please see the following information:

For more information please visit the Sefton Council website.

Sefton says thanks with launch of ’12 Days of Kindness’ campaign

12 Days of Kindness campaign image featuring Sefton Council and Toy Appeal logoSefton Council is saying a huge “thank you” to individuals and organisations who have continually supported the Mayor of Sefton’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind-hearted residents, Sefton Council staff, partners and community groups to put a smile on the faces of Sefton’s children.

Since its introduction in 1996 by Council staff, over 8,000 vulnerable children have been supported. Last year 565 received gifts.

Gifts are collected each year at a number of locations across Sefton and then distributed by volunteers from across the Council on behalf of the mayor. Online & cash donations are also welcomed.

This year the Council is shining a spotlight on 12 individuals and organisations to thank them for their support for the Christmas Toy Appeal over the years. Each day from Thursday 9th December to Monday 20th December, a different individual or organisation will feature on the Council’s social media channels with a special festive thank you message.

The ’12 Days of Kindness’ individuals and organisations are:

  • Litherland Youth & Community Centre
  • Asda Bootle
  • Asda Southport
  • Tesco Litherland
  • Sandway Homes
  • St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Primary School
  • Birkdale High School
  • Sefton Library Service, Bootle Library and The Atkinson
  • St Marks Methodist Church Netherton
  • Active Sefton Leisure Services
  • Joseph Farrell, Sefton Council staff member
  • Sefton Council staff

Sandra Coventry, Head of Business Operations and Marketing, at Sandway Homes said:

“As well as bringing much-needed quality housing to the Borough, Sandway Homes, the Council’s wholly-owned housing development company, shares a strong commitment to delivering wider social value to our residents and communities.

“With our Managing Director, Louise Davies, we jumped at the chance to support the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal to light up a smile on the faces of some of our most disadvantaged children this Christmas.

“And, with our partners, Barnfield Construction, Turner & Townsend, Abode Group and Stanza Style, we have aimed our gifts and donations at older teenagers, knowing this age range is often overlooked.

Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, the Mayor of Sefton, said:

“The generosity and kindness from people across Sefton towards the Christmas Toy Appeal each year never ceases to amaze us.

“For many of our families across Sefton, Christmas can be a time of real pressure and hardship and the gifts & cash received through this campaign go a long way in ensuring all our children can enjoy some festive cheer.

“I want to extend a special thank you this year to the 12 individuals and organisations who go above and beyond each year to ensure the Christmas Toy Appeal is such a success. Your support is very much appreciated and is vital to ensuring we can spread as much festive cheer across the Borough as possible.

“And don’t forget, it’s not too late to donate.”

Donations of gifts such as new and unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, toiletries, pyjamas and stocking fillers for all ages can still be made and are welcomed until Monday 20th December.

Online gifts can be sent to ‘Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE’ and must also be received by Monday 20 December 2021. The deadline for sending cash donations via bank transfer is Wednesday 15 December 2021. Bank details are as follows:

Reference – Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Account Number – 382 96 888
Sort Code – 60 20 23

To find out how to donate to the Mayor of Sefton’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/toyappeal. Updates can also be found on the Council’s social media at:

Twitter @Sefton_Council

Instagram @SeftonCouncil

Facebook @OneSefton

Sefton Council signs TUC’s Dying to Work charter

Cllr. Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, Mark Dale its Chief Personnel Officer, Will Paynter and Lisa Ryan (GMB), Glen Williams (Unison), Mark Magee (Unite) and a representative from the TUC sign the Dying to Work Charter at Bootle Town Hall on behalf of the Council and its 3,300-plus employees.

Sefton Council is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign and aims to give employees with terminal illnesses more choice in how to spend their final months and offers peace of mind around job security.

Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.

The charter was signed by Cllr. Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member – Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, Mark Dale its Chief Personnel Officer, Will Paynter and Lisa Ryan (GMB), Glen Williams (Unison), Mark Magee (Unite) and a representative from the TUC at Bootle Town Hall on behalf of the Council and its 3,300-plus employees. Sefton Council follows in the footsteps of employers such as Royal Mail and Merseytravel, which mean that over a million employees across the UK are now protected.

Cllr. Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member – Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“It’s really important that employees who are diagnosed with a terminal illness know they will be supported by the Council and not face any additional stress or worries. We already work really closely with GMB, Unison, Unite & the TUC, and by signing the Dying to Work Charter we are demonstrating our commitment to our hard-working, dedicated employees.”

Mark Dale, Chief Personnel Officer at Sefton Council said:

“The Council’s most valued asset is its staff and we are committed to supporting our colleagues and their families in whatever way we can.

“When dealing with a terminal illness, worrying about your job should be the least of your concerns and so we are proud to sign the Dying to Work charter, giving those affected the dignity and respect they deserve.

“We hope that other employers will follow our lead in supporting the TUC’s campaign.”

Lisa Ryan, GMB Regional Equality Officer said:

 “GMB are delighted Sefton Council have signed the TUC Dying to Work Charter, ensuring employees will be supported on diagnosis of a terminal illness without additional stress relating to their job security.”

TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary Lee Barron, said:

“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“I’m delighted that Sefton Council have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

“We now have over a million workers being covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”

Employers looking to find out more information can head to www.dyingtowork.co.uk.

Mayor of Sefton launches 2021 Christmas Toy Appeal

Mayor of Sefton stands in the mayor's parlour next to a Christmas treeThe Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, has today (Monday 22 November) launched the borough’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each year thousands of kind-hearted Sefton residents, council staff, partners and community groups donate toys, gifts, vouchers and stocking fillers to some of the borough’s most deserving children to make their Christmas extra special.

New and unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, toiletries, pyjamas and stocking fillers for all ages are needed and welcomed as part of the appeal. Gift cards and toiletries are especially welcome for older children and teenagers.

Gifts and vouchers can be dropped off at several locations across Sefton:

Supermarkets
Asda Supermarket, 81 Strand Road Bootle, L20 4BB
Tesco Supermarket, Hawthorne Road, Litherland, L21 8NZ
Asda Southport, 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 OTY

Council libraries
Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3EN
Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 OLQ
Meadows Library, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, L37 4AN
Atkinson Library, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

Leisure centres
Bootle Leisure Centre, Washington Parade, Bootle, L20 5JJ
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, The Esplanade, Waterloo, L22 1RR
Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, Netherton, L30 3TL
Meadows Leisure Centre, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
Dunnes Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX

Purchased online
Gifts can be bought online and delivered to ‘Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE’.

Cash donations
This year cash donations will also be accepted via bank transfer directly to The Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund account by using the following details:

Reference: Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Account Number: 382 96 888
Sort Code: 60 20 23

Cash donations must be made by Wednesday 15 December and gift donations by Monday 20 December 2021.

Volunteers from Sefton Council will distribute all presents to children and young people throughout the borough on behalf of the Mayor.

Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, the Mayor of Sefton, said:

“For many of our families across Sefton Christmas can be a time of real pressure and hardship. Each year thousands of people and organisations across the borough kindly donate gifts to ensure we can give everyone some festive cheer.

“All donations are welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to older teens. We’re also accepting cash donations directly into the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund account, and these funds will be used to purchase gifts that are most needed.

“To ensure my elves can get the right gift to the right child please make sure any gifts donated are new and left unwrapped.”

To find out more about the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/toyappeal or call/text our helpful elves on 07837 863 075.

Reminder: The deadline to apply for a Secondary school place for September 2022 is 31 October 2021

If you require a place for your child starting Secondary school in Sefton for the first time in September 2022 the deadline to apply is Sunday 31 October 2021.

Applications can be made online via the Citizens Portal. For information and advice please see the following information:

The closing date for applications to start Primary School is Saturday 15 January 2022.

For more information please visit the Sefton Council website.

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